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What’s it like to hear voices?
Voices can be heard in lots of different ways such as:
Hearing speaking when no one is there
Hearing things when you’re falling asleep
Different noise levels - loud or quiet voices
Voices that argue or tell you to do things
Different types – nasty or kind, male or female
Voices that sound like music, animals or a phone ringing
Hearing other peoples' thoughts or thinking they can hear yours
Voices that come from anywhere outside or inside your mind
Why do people hear voices?
Some of the reasons for hearing voices can be caused by:
- Lack of sleep
- Physical illness
- Drug use
- Going through a stressful event eg. death of a loved one
- Experiencing trauma or abuse
- Mental health issue like psychosis or schizophrenia
What can I do?
It can be frightening and confusing to hear things that others don’t. Here are some things that can help you:
You don’t have to cope on your own
Telling someone and getting support can make a difference
You might be feeling scared or embarrassed to ask for help, but talking to someone about what you’re going through can really help.
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